Georgia defensive lineman T.J. Carter picks UK

By LARRY VAUGHT

Georgia defensive lineman T.J. Carter announced on Twitter tonight that he is now committed to the University of Kentucky.

The 6-4, 245-pound defensive end out of Whitefield Academy (GA) visited Kentucky last weekend when he got a scholarship offer. He currently does not have a star ranking from any recruiting service.

Defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh has never been one to worry about recruit rankings and he was the chief evaluator on Carter and why he got a late scholarship offer.

 

Kentucky-Vanderbilt postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  Vanderbilt 71, #12/12 Kentucky 69

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

Jan. 28, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–    Kentucky dropped its second home contest of the season to Vanderbilt on Thursday evening, 71-69.

–    With the loss, UK moves to 15-4 on the season, and 4-4 in Southeastern Conference play.

–    The meeting was the 50th between the two programs, with UK falling to 27-23 in the all-time series.

–    The loss snaps a nine-game winning streak against the Commodores, dating back to 2010.

Kelsey Nunley named to preseason All-SEC Team

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second year running, senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley was named preseason All-Southeastern Conference, it was announced by the league office on Thursday afternoon.

Nunley finished the 2015 season with 14 wins and over 200 innings pitched, allowing just 73 runs and striking out over 150 batters, while leading the Kentucky softball team to its fourth Super Regional in the past five seasons a year ago.

The Soddy Daisy, Tenn., native had a 2.42 earned run average in 2015, and allowed just a .229 opposing batting average. Nunley broke the school record for career wins, with her 69th-career all-time win against Western Kentucky, where she pitched nine scoreless innings with nine strikeouts to capture the record-setting win.

UK interviews with Drake Jackson and Kash Daniel

Skal Labissiere doesn’t think that coach John Calipari “screwed” him up

By LARRY VAUGHT

Skal Labissiere yelled after scoring against Missouri Wednesday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Skal Labissiere yelled after scoring against Missouri Wednesday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky coach John Calipari admitted again after Wednesday’s win over Missouri that he “probably screwed” up Skal Labissiere by forcing him to play inside. Against Missouri, Labissiere played out on the floor more on offense and had 10 points. On defense, he blocked five shots. Of course, he did not have a rebound, something Calipari says has to change if he wants to play at Kansas Saturday.

UK vs. Missouri Highlights

Calipari credits Derek Willis for UK’s improvement, but Willis gives all the credit to Tyler Ulis

By LARRY VAUGHT

John Calipari says Derek Willis has been the catalyst for UK's improvement. (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari says Derek Willis has been the catalyst for UK’s improvement. (Vicky Graff Photo)

One could forgive Derek Willis if he wanted to say I told you so to all those who doubted him after his 18-point, 12-rebound performance in Wednesday’s rout of Missouri, his second double-double in the last four games.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said Willis’ play has changed UK since he inserted him into the starting lineup at power forward and cut minutes for both Marcus Lee and Skal Labissiere.

UK vs. Missouri Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Kentucky-Missouri postgame notes and numbers

Freshman Jamal Jamal Murray had 11 points Wednesday, his 18th consecutive double-figure game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Freshman Jamal Jamal Murray had 11 points Wednesday, his 18th consecutive double-figure game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
Jan. 27, 2016
 Attendance: 23,933

Final Score: Kentucky 88, Missouri 54

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is now 16-4 on the season, 6-2 in Southeastern Conference action. Missouri is 8-12 overall, 1-6 in league play.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 9-0.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK travels to Kansas on Sat. Jan. 30 as part of the SEC-Big 12 challenge. The game will be at 7 p.m. EST and televised on ESPN.

Missouri coach Kim Anderson: “We just got run over by a truck”

By LARRY VAUGHT

So much for Kentucky looking past Missouri to Kansas.

Led by three early 3-pointers from Derek Willis — who had his second double-double in four games with 18 points and 12 rebounds — the Cats rolled over Missouri 85-54 Wednesday night.

“I just think we got run over by a truck early in the game (when UK went on a 20-0 run) and it just took us a while to get back up. I thought they played with an incredible amount of energy. It reminded me a lot of last year’s game (when Kentucky won 86-37). For whatever reason, I thought they were really energized,” Missouri coach Kim Anderson said.